Tour through the operations of the Hormel Company. Includes all parts of the meatpacking and processing EXCEPT slaughtering. Shows beef, pigs, pork, bacon, sausage, hotdogs, frankfurters, portion control, steaks, etc.
Excellent shots (at opening) of rural Minnesota farm, with boys putting letter in rural mailbox and lifting up the mailbox flag, then, taking letter out of rural mailbox.
A tour through the Hormel factory with the (male) menbers of the Rugg family in hopes of gaining "a new awareness of meat processing." the Ruggs are introduced to various stages of slaughtering/skinning as they are led through the "hog disassembly" line and "beef operations." Great footage of ham, Spam, pig's feet, Dinty Moore stew, steak, hot dogs, chili, productions, and packaging. Great shots of products on conveyor belts and by-products (like jello) displayed on a rotating table (really good jello/steak/hamburger footage on rotating table). The sound-track (narration) keeps reminding you that your mouth is supposed to be watering even as you watch pigs and cows skinned and hacked up.
Directed by FR Furtney (actually Ferris Roy Furtney, b 8 Sep 1912, d 5 Aug 2002, Austin, Minn.) "Ferris Roy Furtney, 89, of Austin, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2002, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester.
He was born Sept. 8, 1912, to Roy Luke and Dana (Waterman) Furtney in Austin.
He graduated from Austin High School in 1932 and began working at Geo. A. Hormel & Company. He started the photographic department, now audio-visual department and worked there for 44 years, retiring in 1975. " (from http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mnmower/obits2/obitz041.htm)
June 14, 2017 Subject:
Kids! A word of advice for you... Don't you dare ask your dad to take you on a trip to the Hormel Plant! Otherwise, your dad will accompany you in a ridiculous bowler hat that looks straight from a halloween kit, while you watch pig carcasses get 'disassembled'!! Shoulders to the ham department! Fat to the gelatin department! Pigs feet to the.. pig's feet department! (They're a delicious delicacy!). Really loved the cow hide removal demo, yum. This film has the bubbliest chirpy music for a film about pig carcasses ever made.
Bonus points for the cheap cheap title cards!
This is a MUST SEE on this site!!